“Actually, it only takes one drink to get me loaded. Trouble is, I can’t remember if it’s the thirteenth or fourteenth.”
– George Burns, who had one of the more remarkable – and longest – careers in show business…ever. He was an American comedian, actor, and writer who’s credits included the title character in the 1977 movie, Oh, God.
He was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, film, radio, and television. His arched eyebrow and cigar smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three quarters of a century. Beginning at the age of 79, Burns’ career was resurrected as an amiable, beloved and unusually active old comedian, continuing to work until shortly before his death, in 1996, at the age of 100.
I can still remember his “100th Birthday Special” airing on television sometime in the 80’s – and well before he’d turn 100. He said he was throwing the party early, because by then, he planned on “being out of town.”